How much do you save with bi-weekly payments? + MORE Feb 7th

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Deferring Your Mortgage Could Cost You More Down the Road + MORE Jun 4th

Well over 700,000 Canadian homeowners have now taken advantage of various mortgage payment deferral programs offered by most mortgage lenders. It’s no wonder there’s been so much demand, considering more than three million jobs have been lost across the country since the start of March when the.... More »
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CMHC’s Gloomy Outlook: Up to 18% Drop in Home Prices, 20% Arrears Rate + MORE May 23rd

The head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation delivered a particularly gloomy forecast while testifying remotely before the House of Commons Finance Committee on Tuesday. Among those predictions, CMHC CEO Evan Siddall said: Home prices could fall from their peak by 9% to 18% over the next .... More »
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Top Canadian Credit Card Issuers Cut Interest Rates and Pause Planned Hikes Apr 13th

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept many Canadians into unanticipated financial uncertainty. Mass temporary layoffs and job losses have left hundreds of thousands of people wondering how they are going to pay their rent and credit card bills in the coming months. While the federal government is taking .... More »
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The State of the Mortgage Market: 2020 + MORE Mar 14th

Mortgage Professionals Canada has released its latest State of the Mortgage Market report today, which is chock full of new stats and insights into the Canadian mortgage market. Despite regular headlines about rising home prices and overvaluation in the country’s largest centres, the report fi.... More »
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How to Read Your Credit Report + MORE Jun 1st

Your credit report summarizes your credit history and helps lenders weigh your credit risk. Often your credit report is initiated when you apply for your first credit card. Over time it can help you reach your larger financial goals such as obtaining a rental agreement or mortgage. When you apply f.... More »

Five Tips to Increase Your Credit Score Quickly

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In order to qualify for certain mortgage and loan products, a minimum credit score is essential. Even if your score is sufficient to qualify, you might find the rates being offered will be lower than if you had a higher score. Having worked with thousands of personal credit histories over the years, we have developed some strategies that sometimes give you that much needed quick score boost—sort of like jumper cables for credit! Here are a few scenarios this might […]

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How much do you save with bi-weekly payments?
For years, we’ve been told to pay our mortgage bi-weekly. Magically, it will  pay your mortgage off faster. Hmm, let’s put that to the test.
(SPOILER ALERT!)  Around 10 years ago, I wrote an article showing some simple but effective math to explain this. I’m constantly getting emails from my readers asking me what they should do. Obviously, a topic worth taking another look at.
Let me also say, there is merit to paying bi-weekly… I’ll explain further on.
HISTORY OF BI-WEEKLY PAYMENTS
Back in the mid-’90s, there was a huge marketing blitz by the Big Banks that promoted making bi-weekly payments instead of the traditional monthly payments. The sales pitch was that you could save huge amounts of money and pay your mortgage off much faster, shaving 4 or 5 years off your amortization. Sound familiar? While offering some benefit, BI-WEEKLY PAYMENTS DON’T SAVE AS MUCH AS YOU MIGHT THINK!
And I’ll prove it… Here are the straight facts!

EXAMPLE 1…

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Tips for Paying Off Credit Card Debt

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Tips for Paying Off Credit Card Debt
Credit card bills got you down? That’s the trouble with paying with plastic. It is easy to spend, but not quite as easy to pay off the debt you accrue – especially if you are only paying the minimum each month. Carrying too much credit card debt can make it harder to get a mortgage loan for a house or finance a car should you need to. It can also be enormously stressful if you fall behind and end up in the crosshairs of a collection agency.
So, before you get any deeper in debt, it is time to get your financial house in order and develop a plan for paying off your credit card debt. Whether it’s working to bring in more income, budgeting, credit counselling, or a debt-consolidation loan, resources are available to help ease some of that burden.
Stop Using Your Credit Cards Immediately
If you are serious about paying off your credit card debt, then you better stop using them. Otherwise, you continue to add to the debt you are trying to pay off. Take them out of your purse or wallet, lock them away, or shred them if necessary…

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